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  • Item Type: Technology
  • Tags: The History of Mass Surveillance in the United States

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An International Mobile Subscriber Identity-catcher, or IMSI-catcher, is a device that acts as a fake mobile tower between a cell phone and its service provider’s real towers, known as a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack. IMSI-catchers intercept…
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When you connect to the Internet, you are joining a network maintained by your Internet service provider (ISP). The ISP’s network communicates with networks maintained by other ISPs to form the basis of the Internet. Packet sniffers are computer…
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DNA fingerprinting is the process of determining an individual’s a DNA profile, which is theoretically as unique as a fingerprint. DNA forensics is a considerably more sensitive tool than fingerprinting, as the “chance impressions” it uses can be…
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The Global Positioning System is a project launched by the Department of Defense in 1973 for use by the United States military. In the 1980s it was allowed for civilian use, and by 1995 it was a fully operational satellite-based radionavigation…
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Closed-circut television (CCTV) is the use of video cameras to transmit a signal to a limited set of monitors. Though almost all video cameras fit this definition, the term is most often applied to video surveillance, or the monitoring of areas…
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The Henry Classification System is a method by which records of fingerprints are indexed by physiological characteristics, allowing for one-to-many searching. In 1859, a British Chief Magistrate in colonized India discovered that fingerprints remain…
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In 1883, a French criminologist by the name of Alphonse Bertillon invented the first system of recording physical measurements, taking photographs, and record-keeping for police to identify criminals. Before Bertillon, suspects were only identified…
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